Running Amok Blog

Tips, Tricks & Crazy Dog Stories!

Just Running Amok…

We fell in love with the phrase “Just Running Amok…” years ago. It describes what happens in our day-to-day pretty accurately, between dogs, a fish, a lizard, 3 kids, jobs, hobbies, sports and everything else in between, we stay on the go.  But we still find time to laugh, love and live life to the fullest. We’ll share some of the crazy here with you, along with some tips, tricks and advice on selecting, raising and and enjoying your dogs.

Feel free to share your own crazy animal or life stories with us! You may end up with guest blog spot!!

Monday Mayhem – Episode 7 – Sparkles’ Surprise

In our next installment of Monday Mayhem we have a case of a silent heat and unexpected puppies.  In 2017 I decided it was time for Sparkles to retire from her days as a mama. She had produced several gorgeous litters of pups but was 6 1/2 years old. I just felt it...

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Monday Mayhem – Episode 5 – Adventures in Dogsitting

With as many dogs as we have it is difficult to get away sometimes, even for work related trips. Several years ago, when we had fewer dogs and smaller kids, I had to go to Chicago for a School Board Convention for the weekend. Clay was invited as well so Nate and...

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Monday Mayhem. Episode 4 – Evie Helps Remodel the Bathroom

In this episode of Monday Mayhem, we’ll introduce Evie. Evie is Siren’s daughter and much like her mother and her sister, Ellie, she constantly keeps me on my toes. Evie/s registered name is Creekside’s Perfect Storm. Keep that in mind as we talk about her. Evie was...

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Monday Mayhem. Episode 3 – Hurricane Ellie

Today’s Monday Mayhem post is really more like a compilation of the crazy stuff Ellie has done over the years. There is a reason her registered name is Creekside’s Hurricane Ellie. This girl has woven a path of destruction through my life for the past 6 years. She was...

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Monday Mayhem. Episode 2. Ellie and Siren’s Great Escape

For today's Monday Mayhem we are going to fast forward  to the time she and Siren escaped from the backyard and went on a 9 hour romp around Peoria while we had PAWS, Lost Dogs IL, volunteers and myself and kids out looking for them. They clocked around 30 miles that...

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Monday Mayhem. Episode 1…Romeo’s Poopocalypse

Thank goodness for this thing!I decided recently that we would try to do a blog post a week just giving you all a little insight in to just how whacky, messy and hectic life gets around here. I know you all see my cute puppy picture posts, the pics of my dogs doing...

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Summer Coat Length: To Clip or Not to Clip…

How long is too long for summer?I swear I'm a dog, not a mop! Looking for the best summer hairdo?Summer is finally here!  Or is it? Hard to tell here in IL since its 80 and sunny one day and 59 and rainy the next... anyway, for the purposes of this post, Summer is...

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Yes, I’m a Breeder, but what does that mean?

When people ask me what I do for a living I often find myself immediately on defense. Like, if I tell them I am a breeder, especially a "doodle" breeder, I am likely to get an appalled look followed by a game of twenty questions.  Over the years I have heard all...

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What is the best training method for my dog?

As breeders we are often asked what the best methods of training our dogs are. I think before we get to that we need to understand more about HOW dogs learn and think. Obviously, dogs aren’t human and they do not think or learn in exactly the same way we do. Dogs...

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